Seeking a Renaissance Life isn’t easy. One thing you’ll battle as a multidisciplinary is too many inputs (TMI 😜), all vying for your time and energy.

Heck—everyone alive today in this modern age of technology and connectivity is bombarded with Knowledge, information, and possibility—not just Renaissance types like yourself.

Putting aside all the paid ads, opinions, and data trying to get your attention dollars. Even the knowledge we seek out can be TMI and overstimulating at times!

On any given day, there are dozens of books, hundreds of videos, emails, articles I want to consume, and thousands of decisions I could take, but just because I have the options doesn’t mean I should try doing them all (especially all at once.)

But don’t go fetal-position on me yet!

I always feel particularly overstimulated on days (like today) when I haven’t slept well or when I’m not at my best. Noticing this feeling is the first step to counteracting it. When you notice something is off, you can lighten your load and reduce the pressure of the daily fire hose of information by stepping away and giving yourself moments of silence and stillness throughout the day. Instead of whipping out our phones when we are cooking or eating a meal, we could just, well, cook. Do you really need music every time you go for a walk or drive?

Minimalism is a good practice to follow to reduce overwhelm. The last thing you want to do when you are overwhelmed is go shopping, watch 15 shows on Hulu, or stress about all the important things you should be doing.

Separate Consuming from Creating.

There is time for both consuming and creating, but mistake one for the other. Reading a book might be insightful or educational, but it’s not the same thing as sitting down and doing the work. Don’t mistake learning from doing. Hands-on experience is a hybrid of learning plus doing, but don’t forget that learning is a step towards doing. Learning Spanish or how to code in python is awesome! But don’t forget there’s a reason why you learn them—to communicate and create.

Filtering is Key.

Quality over distraction. Fewer options. Remove any visible reminders of todo or potentially todos in your immediate environment. Remove the fluff. Focus on the essentials. Don’t isolate yourself from important things, but not surround yourself with everything either.

One Thing at a Time.

Do what you need to get everything else out of your head so you can focus on what’s in front of you. Prioritize your tasks, but focus only on the immediate priority. Pretend as nothing else exists during this time you’ve allocated.

Remember What’s Important.

Make sure you actually have to do the things you think you have to do. Is this required of me? Is this task mine? Is this my responsibility? Or am I adding unnecessary items to my to-do list?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1304 | Overstimulated Draft #2

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